Booker tells everyone to stop fighting each other at Democratic debate. And he quotes Yogi Berra.

Updated Oct 16, 2019

WASHINGTON — As his fellow Democrats clashed over health care and guns, Cory Booker invoked Yogi Berra in warning that they were giving aid and comfort to President Donald Trump.

“As a great New Jerseyan, Yogi Berra, said, ‘I am having deja vu all over again,’” Booker said during the fourth Democratic presidential debate, held Tuesday in Ohio. “I’m having deja vu all over again, first of all, because I saw this play in 2016′s election.”

Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren were hammered over their support for a Medicare for All plan that would eliminate private insurance. Pete Buttigieg and Beto O’Rourke later argued over whether to confiscate assault weapons. Booker refused to be drawn into that fight.

“We’ve got one shot to make Donald Trump a one-term president,” Booker said. “And how we talk about each other in this debate actually really matters. I’ve had the privilege of working with or being friends with everybody on this stage, and tearing each other down because we have a different plan to me is unacceptable. I have seen this script before.”

Booker’s peacemaker role came after he had briefly tried the attack game in the July debate when he clashed with Joe Biden over the former vice president’s support for the 1994 crime bill blamed for a rise in incarceration of minorities. Biden returned fire by attacking the Jersey senator’s record as mayor of Newark.

On Tuesday night, Booker strongly came to his defense over Ukraine. Biden’s son, Hunter, served on the board of a Ukrainian company and Trump has falsely accused Biden of pressuring the government to fire a prosecutor who was investigating the firm.

“We are literally using Donald Trump’s lies,” Booker said. "And the second issue we cover on this stage is elevating a lie and attacking a statesman. That was so offensive.

“And the only person sitting at home that was enjoying that was Donald Trump seeing that we’re distracting from his malfeasance and selling out of his office.”

Booker concluded the debate by mentioning former Gov. Chris Christie as one of his friends from across the aisle. And he delivered a call to unity.

“The next leader is going to have to be one amongst us Democrats that can unite us all, not throw elbows at other Democrats that are unfair" Booker said.

"The preparation is being the leader that can revive civic of grace in our country, teach us a more courageous empathy, and remind America that patriotism is love of country, and you cannot love your country unless you love your fellow countrymen and women.”

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